Manager, First Nations Relations – Capital Regional District (Victoria, BC)

Manager, First Nations Relations

Corporate Services


Exempt Management                                                                                                                   

Salary Range
$108,597 – $127,761 annually, plus comprehensive benefits package                                        

Review of applications begins
4:00pm on November 30, 2020 but the position will remain open until filled.

Position Purpose
The Manager, First Nations Relations is responsible for ensuring a high focus on positive intergovernmental relationships with the CRD’s neighbouring First Nations.  Reporting to the General Manager (GM), Corporate Services, the Manager provides senior advisory services to the GM, the Executive Leadership Team, Board Committees, and Electoral Areas on a variety of Indigenous matters and initiatives, ensuring a high performance and well informed approach.  

Key Accountabilities / Position Outcomes

  • Provides professional and expert leadership, support, advice and guidance to CRD Senior Staff, the Board and affected Board committees, and service areas on matters regarding First Nations relations and initiatives, including matters of treaty. 
  • Provides senior level support and advice to the organization with regards to determining First Nations interests.
  • Liaises with First Nations communities in such a way that helps build strong, long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships for multiple purposes.
  • Provides support for various advisory committees and working groups seeking guidance on First Nations relations.
  • Attends Treaty tables, representing the interests of the CRD.
  • Works with regional and municipal staff as well as provincial staff and legal counsel to develop appropriate protocols, agreements, MOUs, and other instruments to facilitate service arrangements with First Nations.
  • Leads the organizational engagement with First Nations on major projects of the CRD (eg. the Wastewater Treatment Project (WTP), Regional Parks Acquisition strategy, Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), etc.). 
  • Supports the GM with the Standing Committee(s) and assists with inter-governmental working groups
  • Prepares and recommends strategies and priorities to address potential issues arising from First Nations initiatives, and conducts business case reviews, research and evaluation of approaches to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Ensures policies, structures and systems are in place to effectively support the function.

Degree in public administration, planning, Indigenous governance, law, or related field, and eight (8) years’ experience in the area of Indigenous/First Nations relations, with an emphasis in the area of local government- First Nations relations.  An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered. Must have significant experience working collaboratively with committees, elected officials, senior staff and community partners.  Must have extensive training and acumen in cultural safety. Demonstrated appreciation of history and cultures of peoples in the region; understanding of contemporary issues and aspirations of First Nations governments with whom the CRD interacts.
Role-specific Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Strong knowledge and familiarity with First Nations governments in the CRD
  • Exceptional diplomacy, tact and communication skills including working with commissions and committees, liaising with elected officials, and communicating information to internal and external stakeholders and rights-holders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the Local Government Act, Community Charter, bylaws, regulations and other legislation.
  • Exceptional motivation, team building, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated senior level leadership experience.
  • Contract management and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects with diverse objectives and deadlines.
  • Significant attention to detail, ability to identify emerging issues and prioritize appropriately to meet deliverables, outcomes and deadlines.
  • Ability to work cross-departmentally and inter-jurisdictionally across a variety of disciplines and structures to identify and deliver desired outcomes. 
  • Established relationships with key Indigenous leaders in the region would be an asset
  • Proven problem solving, decision-making and issue management skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of the framework of Crown-Indigenous relations and consultation obligations, and the role local government plays in that relationship.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License. 

Due to the nature of this position, the incumbent must be willing and able to attend meetings during the day, evening and weekends as necessary.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume and covering letter online at under “Careers”.
The CRD thanks you for your interest and advises only those candidates under active consideration will be contacted.

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